Monday, February 26Royal Holloway's offical student publication, est. 1986

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Too Little Too Late?
Opinion

Too Little Too Late?

The Students' Union's campaign, Let’s Talk About Sex, replaced the much loved Sexual Health Advice and Guidance (SHAG) Week that we have seen run previously. Vice President Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong’s, new initiative was meant to make our sexual awareness weeks more inclusive of all orientations on our campus. Whilst the week was certainly more applicable to a wider range of sexual preferences, it failed to adequately deal with the elephant in the room – our closed sexual health clinic. In the summer of last year, our sexual health clinic closed due to a restructuring and privatisation of the branch of the NHS that served our campus. Subsequently, students requiring STI and HIV testing or post assault support now must travel miles off campus for such services. The college have ...
Puppy Therapy
Features

Puppy Therapy

Monday morning moods- we all get them. However, on the 26th of October a huge number of Royal Holloway students had a sudden burst of energy, converting their Monday morning traipsing to lectures, into a brisk power walk heading in the direction of the SU. In the name of what? Puppy therapy sessions! There were four pooches present: two Labradors, a Cocker Spaniel and a Bearded Collie; who were all moved from Rialto to the SU hall due to popular demand. It was quite comforting to be able to cuddle and just generally be in the presence of dogs. I stayed with Barney (black Labrador) the longest as he reminded me of my dog, it really brought a ‘home’ status to Royal Holloway. He rolled over to have his tummy scratched and gently put his paw in my hand.Dogs don’t ask formed questions or jud...